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Upgrading my friend from Leopard to Mountain Lion?

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My friend has a unibody Macbook Pro 13" running Leopard, which he says is barely useable now as it's so slow.

My older, technically slower Macbook White is razor-sharp still, with 4Gb RAM; a hybrid 768Gb/SSD drive and the latest Mountain Lion, so I'm confident his can be too.

As well as ordering him 4 or 8Gb RAM (which the maximum his Macbook supports) I plan to get him on the latest OSX too; and tidying up his files.

I ordered him a CD for Snow Leopard, so will run that first, to get the Mac App store installed. My questions are:

- Can we skip straight from Leopard to Mountain Lion, or do we have to pay for and download Lion first? That would seem silly.

- Can I download the program file for Mountain Lion and/or Lion, so we don't have to sit around waiting hours for them to download? I have full ownership of both so can download them from the App store if there's a way to put them on USB

Any other thoughts on making this an efficient process would be appreciated.

Kind Regards

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,010 points)

    Upgrading to Snow Leopard, Lion, or Mountain Lion


    You can upgrade to Mountain Lion from Lion or directly from Snow Leopard. Mountain Lion can be downloaded from the Mac App Store for $19.99. To access the App Store you must have Snow Leopard 10.6.6 or later installed.


    Upgrading to Snow Leopard


    You must purchase Snow Leopard through the Apple Store: Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard - Apple Store (U.S.). The price is $19.99 plus tax. You will be sent physical media by mail after placing your order.


    After you install Snow Leopard you will have to download and install the Mac OS X 10.6.8 Update Combo v1.1 to update Snow Leopard to 10.6.8 and give you access to the App Store. Access to the App Store enables you to download Mountain Lion if your computer meets the requirements.


         Snow Leopard General Requirements


           1. Mac computer with an Intel processor

           2. 1GB of memory

           3. 5GB of available disk space

           4. DVD drive for installation

           5. Some features require a compatible Internet service provider;

               fees may apply.

           6. Some features require Apple’s MobileMe service; fees and

               terms apply.


    Upgrading to Lion


    If your computer does not meet the requirements to install Mountain Lion, it may still meet the requirements to install Lion.


    You can purchase Lion by contacting Customer Service: Contacting Apple for support and service - this includes international calling numbers. The cost is $19.99 (as it was before) plus tax.  It's a download. You will get an email containing a redemption code that you then use at the Mac App Store to download Lion. Save a copy of that installer to your Downloads folder because the installer deletes itself at the end of the installation.


         Lion System Requirements


           1. Mac computer with an Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7,

               or Xeon processor

           2. 2GB of memory

           3. OS X v10.6.6 or later (v10.6.8 recommended)

           4. 7GB of available space

           5. Some features require an Apple ID; terms apply.


    Upgrading to Mountain Lion


    To upgrade to Mountain Lion you must have Snow Leopard 10.6.8 or Lion installed. Purchase and download Mountain Lion from the App Store. Sign in using your Apple ID. Mountain Lion is $19.99 plus tax. The file is quite large, over 4 GBs, so allow some time to download. It would be preferable to use Ethernet because it is nearly four times faster than wireless.


         OS X Mountain Lion - System Requirements


           Macs that can be upgraded to OS X Mountain Lion


             1. iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)

             2. MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)

             3. MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)

             4. MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)

             5. Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)

             6. Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)

             7. Xserve (Early 2009)


         Are my applications compatible?


             See App Compatibility Table - RoaringApps.


         Am I eligible for the free upgrade?


             See Apple - Free OS X Mountain Lion upgrade Program.


         For a complete How-To introduction from Apple see Upgrade to OS X Mountain Lion.

  • John Galt Level 7 Level 7 (33,055 points)

    alexnapierholland wrote:

    - Can we skip straight from Leopard to Mountain Lion,


    Not quite, you will need to install Snow Leopard first. The reason is that you need the App Store to purchase any later version of OS X. Once Snow Leopard is installed, you can upgrade directly to Mountain Lion (assuming hardware requirements are met).


    - Can I download the program file for Mountain Lion and/or Lion, so we don't have to sit around waiting hours for them to download? I have full ownership of both so can download them from the App store if there's a way to put them on USB

    Yes, as long as you understand that ownership of the license to use OS X is limited to the Apple ID used to purchase it. According to Apple's Terms and Conditions, you can install it on Macs that you own, but not those owned by others.

    MacBooks  iMacs  iPods  AirPorts, OS X Mountain Lion,  27 years Apple!


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